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Laura Randall, Program Director

The inspiration of mentors, teachers, and coaches supported Laura in her path toward engineering.  Within her role at nConnect she hopes to encourage a connected community that will support and inspire students so they may also find their passion and realize their potential. Laura came to her role at nConnect after moving to Portland, OR and deciding to take a break from her role as a full-time engineer. This allowed her to spend focused time with her two boys and find ways to give back to her community.


Prior to nConnect, Laura was a Senior Design Engineer at Qualcomm in Boulder, CO. While at Qualcomm she designed integrated circuits for mobile device applications. Before arriving at Qualcomm, she designed integrated circuits for computing applications at Agilent Technologies in Fort Collins, CO as an ASIC Design Engineer. She holds three patents. Laura is a high honors graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, with a BS in Electrical Engineering.


Laura enjoys spending time reading, running, exploring with her two young boys, and challenging herself in CrossFit. She is actively involved in volunteer opportunities in the community including her role on the Opal School Advisory Council, and as Chief Executive Manager of Opal Family Ventures LLC.  


To contact Laura, send her an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Kori Quatermass, Program Manager

Kori is a Pacific Northwest native who graduated from Portland State with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology.  In the next several years, Kori hopes to complete a Master’s of Science in Science Free-Choice Learning from Oregon State University.  She has a background in biology, STEM education, and program management.  She is very excited to use her knowledge to benefit local students and to encourage them to explore STEM careers, including those in our community.


At nConnect, Kori provides implementation, analysis, and support for the AP Mentoring and Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs) programs.   Kori is looking forward to connecting more with the Vancouver community including teachers, students, parents, professionals, and retirees. 

Outside of work, Kori enjoys spending time with her husband and their new son, cooking, crafting, hiking, birding, and exploring by bike.


To contact Kori, send her an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Rachel Ruggles, AmeriCorps Volunteer

Born and raised in Billings, Montana, Rachel graduated with honors from Montana State University in 2012 with a degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. Always eager to be more involved, she spent two years in college as a Resident Advisor, mentoring freshman and guiding them through their transition to life on their own. Shortly after completing her degree, Rachel was selected to serve in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. She spent 10 months performing community service throughout the Midwest with multiple organizations such as US Fish and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, The Boys and Girls Club, and Habitat for Humanity.


Rachel is currently pursuing a career as a Nurse Midwife and hopes she is one day able to deliver babies. She enjoys hiking, the ocean, and Ultimate Frisbee. Rachel is excited to share her passion for science and service with the youth of Vancouver, and hopes to help show them the impact of STEM careers both locally and globally.


To contact Rachel, send her an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Stephanie Pisarek, AmeriCorps Volunteer

Stephanie Pisarek is an attendee of Washington State University Vancouver, currently earning her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Humanities. After taking numerous science courses while working on her Humanities degree, Stephanie decided to let her passion for science extend into her desire to become a teacher. Her favorite science courses in college have included Chemistry, Astronomy, and Ecology.


In the past few years, Stephanie has volunteered with a local children's theater company as Assistant Director and Costume Designer, and tutored with the AVID tutor program in the Vancouver School District. With her spare time, she attempts to be a musician, brews Kombucha, delves into the world of science fiction, and enjoys playing strategic board games.


Stephanie is looking forward to working with nConnect through AmeriCorps, bringing STEM professionals into the classroom to help students that are striving to achieve their career goals realize that they can succeed.


To contact Stephanie, send her an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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